Everything you need to know about CIPD Level 3


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If you’re thinking about completing a CIPD Level 3 qualification but need a bit more information before you make your decision, look no further. Here’s everything you need to know about CIPD Level 3. 

What is CIPD Level 3? 

CIPD Level 3 is a foundation qualification that provides a solid and practical foundation in HR and Learning & Development (L&D) skills including Recruitment, Performance Management and Coaching and Mentoring. CIPD Level 3 is best for you if you are early on in your HR career or you are already in the industry but haven't studied a qualification before. 

What is CIPD Level 3 equivalent to? 

Also known as a foundation course, the CIPD Level 3 study level is equivalent to an A-level qualification standard.  

What CIPD Level 3 qualifications are available? 

There is only one CIPD Level 3 qualification available and is a good introduction if you are working in HR or Learning & Development.  

CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice (Level 3) – This course focuses on the foundations of business, culture, behaviour and the essentials of people practice.   

Who should have a CIPD Level 3 qualification? 

A CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate is perfect if you are looking to enter a career in HR as an HR administrator, HR Assistant or HR Advisor, or if you want to substantiate your experience with a qualification. The CIPD Level 3 qualification is also a good introduction to studying HR if you are considering pursuing a CIPD Level 5 qualification in HR or L&D in the future.  

How much does CIPD Level 3 cost?

With MOL Learn, CIPD Level 3 prices start from £1,650and includes access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), “Topic Essentials” bitesize videos to get you started, guided activities, assessment briefings and tutor support as well as live webinars or face to face workshops depending on your preferred learning method. 

Note: we do not charge VAT and are significantly cheaper than other leading providers of these CIPD courses (average £1,975)* 

How long does CIPD Level 3 take? 

For our Live Online or Classroom-based learning options, a CIPD Level 3 qualification will take you at most 6 months to complete. Or with our self-paced On Demand programme, you’ll have up to 12 months to complete at your own pace. 

Can I do CIPD Level 3 and work full-time? 

Yes, you can complete your CIPD level 3 qualification alongside a full-time job. At MOL Learn we’ve designed a range of study options so you can fit your studies in around your other commitments. 

On-Demand provides the most flexibility with all the resources available to you 24/7 so you can study whenever you want to and progress at your own pace. 

Live Online provides you with the option to join live, interactive webinars and work in groups to solve challenges and tasks while still having the same flexible access to the content of On-Demand study option. 

Classroom learning is suitable if you prefer a workshop approach and in-person learning. Students will attend face-to-face sessions with tutors and peers to enhance their learning experience.

CIPD Level 3 example assignments 

There are a few assessments you’ll need to complete as part of your CIPD Level 3 qualification, some examples include 

  • Creating a presentation or document explaining the performance and function of the organisation (plus HR’s role in it) to a new manager 
  • Assessment of employee lifecycles to inform recruitment needs and strategies. 

Ready to take the next step in your professional journey with a CIPD Level 3 qualification? Get started with MOL Learn.  

Our courses are designed with you in mind so you can study how, where and when you want to. We’ve also received a Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award for our excellent customer service. 

Get in touch with one of our Qualification Advisors to learn more about our CIPD Qualifications. 

*Prices correct at time of writing